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November 25, 2020

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

I think I’m there yet

Ok. Got it all done this morning. Got a haircut, got gas in the car, hit the grocery store for some last minute stuff, got the stuffing mix stuff ready to go, got the pecan pie stuff ready to go. Garbage and recycling out, laundry running. All before 10am. For me, that’s a miracle. Bread will get mixed at around 3 so I can bake it tonight after I get home from Old Guys League around 9.


Another Covid medicine passes Phase 3 trials

Study of 150 patients in Mumbai India shows that Famdisivir, an inexpensive pill, significantly cuts the replication ability of SARS Cov 2. This makes it the FOURTH inexpensive and effective out-patient usable medicine against this virus. Expect this one to be denied, ignored, and banned in the USA too.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, a prominent Indian pharmaceutical firm, reports that the oral antiviral drug originating in Japan, Favipiravir, prevents the replication phase of SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. The findings associated with a Phase 3 clinical trial are published in the peer reviewed International Journal of Infectious Diseases. TrialSite has consistently chronicled the unfolding Favipiravir research across nations. The drug has been approved to treat COVID-19 in Russia (Avifavir) and other countries in Eastern Europe. The drug is in use in China and India on an emergency use basis to deal with the pandemic. Approved in Japan in 2014 for influenza (Avigan), the drug was intensively tested by the U.S. government in 2015 with over $200 million worth of research leading to no disclosed results.

Did you catch that one? The US spent a fifth of a billion on researching this one drug 5 years ago, but didn’t tell anyone what they found. So much for transparency and accountability in our government.

The publication of the study is titled “Efficacy and Safety of Favipiravir, an oral RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase Inhibitor, in Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19: A Randomized, Comparative, Open-Labe, Multicenter, Phase 3 Clinical Trial” authored by Dr. Zarir F. Udwadia and co-authors.

Favipiravir is an antiviral medication that works by inhibiting a viral enzyme called RdRP (RNA dependent RNA polymerase), thereby halting the virus’s replication cycle. This helps control the multiplication of the virus and prevents its spread in the patient. This mechanism of action of Favipiravir is novel compared to most antivirals that primarily prevent entry and exit of the virus from cells. Several published reports are now available pointing to at least some moderate effectiveness against COVID-19.

The trial did NOT look at severely infected patients, so I can’t tell you either way if it works on those who are in really bad shape.

The primary endpoint was time to cessation of viral shedding; time to clinical cure also was measured.

Median time to cessation of viral shedding was 5 days (95% CI: 4 days, 7 days) versus 7 days (95% CI: 5 days, 8 days),P = 0.129, and median time to clinical cure was 3 days (95% CI: 3 days, 4 days) versus 5 days (95% CI: 4 days, 6 days), P = 0.030, for favipiravir and control, respectively.

Adverse events were observed in 36% of favipiravir and 8% of control patients. One control patient died due to worsening disease.

Lack of statistical significance on the primary endpoint was confounded by limitations of the RT-PCR assay. Significant improvement in time to clinical cure suggests favipiravir may be beneficial in mild-to-moderate COVID-19.

So it gets you over this 4 - 6 days faster, which is always better, but about a third of the patients had side effects. And the overall effectiveness was limited because the PCR test is a shovel full of paddock pudding. Great.

While none of the side effects were severe or lead to any of the patients being removed from the trial, a temporary increase in the uric acid level of the blood was the most common one.


November 24, 2020

Here comes the next shortage!

Largest Medical Glove Supplier Shuts Factories; Thousands Of Slave Labor Employees Have Covid

Malaysia’s Top Glove, the world’s largest manufacturer of latex gloves, has closed more than half of its factories after approximately 2,500 workers tested positive for coronavirus.

According to a Tuesday Forbes report, 2,453 of the company’s 5,800 Malaysian workers have tested positive for the deadly virus.  All 2,453 workers have been hospitalized, according to Reuters.

At the time of this reporting, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that there have been at least 58,847 confirmed coronavirus cases in Malaysia, with at least 341 deaths attributed to COVID.

“In an official statement,” Forbes writer Siladitya Ray noted, “the company said it has temporarily stopped production in 16 of its facilities in the badly hit Meru region, while its remaining 12 facilities in the area have been operating at ‘reduced capacities.’”

A report from the BBC noted that the company is set to shutter 28 of its 41 plants across the country in an attempt to tamp down the spread of the virus.

“All those who tested positive have been hospitalized and their close contacts have been quarantined to avoid infecting other workers,” Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah told Reuters in a statement on the infections.

Abdullah added that the vast majority of the positive cases in the cluster were factory workers, with 2,360 foreigners and 164 Malaysians.

[ Arrogant 1st Worlder observation: What kind of backwater country is it where your workers have to go to Malaysia to get a better job?? ]

Top Glove said in a stock exchange filing that it has temporarily stopped production at 16 facilities in the area since last Wednesday, with the balance of 12 facilities operating at much reduced capacities.

“We have completed full screening of about 5,700 workers at our hostels. We are committed to proceed with the (health ministry) recommended COVID-19 screening test of the balance (of) workers and staff at our factories in Meru, Klang,” it said.

Last week, the government ordered 14-day curbs through Nov. 30 in parts of a district about 40 kms (24.8 miles) west of the capital Kuala Lumpur, where Top Glove factories and dormitories are located.

[ foreign workers housed in “hostels” and “dormitories”. Can you say slave labor? ]

The outbreak has led to questions about working conditions for the low-paid migrant workers at Top Glove’s factories, which have been dealing with a surge in demand for PPE during the pandemic. Many of the company’s workers — mostly immigrants from Nepal, Bangladesh and other countries — have complained about 72-hour work weeks, cramped living conditions and low wages, a Los Angeles Times report found. Earlier this year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) placed a detention order on imports from two of Top Glove’s subsidiaries. Such an action by the CBP is targeted against companies suspected of using forced labor.  The Department of Labor also issued a report that pointed at foreign workers being forced to pay steep recruitment fees to secure jobs in the rubber glove industry in Malaysia, which leads to debt and bonded labor.

Top Glove controls 26% of the global market, and has increased production this year by 48% in response to the pandemic.

Has anyone ever studied how long the virus can live on latex?

rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy

November 23, 2020

The thing about the end of the year is, all the holidays rush together. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Channukah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve. So it isn’t even Thanksgiving, but the Christmas season is already in full swing. Heck, Walmart started playing Christmas music the day after Halloween.

Melania Goes Blonder, Welcomes Christmas Tree To White House


Melania greets the tree, along with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in the traces, the two biggest horse’s asses in DC

A newly blonde First lady Melania Trump on Monday celebrated the arrival of the annual White House Christmas tree.

The first lady emerged alone from the North Portico of the White House around noon to accept the 18½-foot Fraser fir from a tree farm in West Virginia.

“Merry Christmas,” she told reporters, ignoring a shouted question about how the president is doing.

Her hair had a fresh look with new blonde highlights following her recovery last month from COVID-19.

Two large Clydesdale horses
transported the tree down the White House’s northern driveway as a military band played “O Tannenbaum” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”


Last blooms of the season


No, it isn’t much, but it’s all that’s left. These “Johnny Jump Ups” just appeared one day very late in the season and started blooming the next. Who knows where they came from? They’ve survived a couple of short frosts already. It’s the last bit of color in my gardens.


Yeah, no blogging since Friday. I just couldn’t find the time.

• We won 1 game Friday in Cheap League. It was a position round night, with us and 2 other teams tied for 3rd. I had a bad night, and the Frustration Fairies paid me a visit. Late in the 3rd game I just stopped trying, so of course that meant I started throwing strikes left and right.

• Not exactly sure where Helena Handbasket Montana is, but that’s where our Thanksgiving plans have gone to. The NY relatives aren’t coming, as they live in a covid “Hotspot”, and while that’s bad, the infection rate in my chunk of NJ is more than twice as bad. I understand; this is a decision we all have to take. Then not even a day later we hear from the hostess that she’s sick, been sick for a week, and going for a covid test, so Thanksgiving at their place is canceled. Not sure what we’ll do, so we had our own feast last night; roast rack of lamb, sauteed mushrooms, and fluffy mashed potatoes. MMmm, awesome.

While it may be a bit inconvenient, I think running to the doctor or at least to a testing place at the first sign may be the best approach. Realizing you’re getting sick, and doing nothing about it, then going for a test that takes at least a week to get your results ... put’s you nearly 2 weeks into what could be the ‘rona. Shame we don’t have doctors that will give you a phone visit and say “sounds like it might be, so let’s get you on X, Y, and Z right away, just in case.” Especially if X = Ivermectin. Which is barely used in this country. Oh God, I don’t want to go down this road again. Millions of cases later, millions of treatments later, the whole “global initiative” and all that, and there STILL isn’t a common protocol, even though many treatments have shown great effect.  W. T. F.

So I’ve been up since 5am, and I have to do a short bit of shopping today. So maybe it’s time to go back to bed for a bit, then get up and start the day all over again.


My super pathetic life ...

Just in case, I went to the grocery store and got a Heat It And Eat It Thanksgiving “kit”. Frozen turkey pot pies with stuffing, frozen sweet potato pie with pralines, frozen squash mush stuff, some fancy peirogies, Jones sausages and some cat food. So if we wind up alone, we can at least play Thanksgiving Dinner. Ok, it looks like we’ve qualified for our free frozen turkey/canned ham/kosher chicken thing too. So we’ll choose, and pick one up tomorrow. It won’t be the turkey for just the two of us. I’ll make a loaf of bread and another pecan pie, and she’ll whip up one of her awesome cheesecakes.


November 19, 2020

This Is NOT A Good Thing


Even if two thirds of this is BS, it still puts us in a worse position than we were in during the Summer. This map is far worse than last week’s map, which was worse than the map before that, etc.

NY is no different. I haven’t looked at PA or CT or anywhere else.

Are we all just getting primed, so that we’ll be fanatic about getting the vaccines, instead of properly fearful and doubtful of them? Or is the North East going straight to Hell again?


Well of course. You didn’t really think the Big Miracle was going to actually help, or let you go back to a normal life, did you? Really??

Fauci: Vaccine Won’t Stop Transmission, So Wear A Mask Forever


Even a highly effective COVID-19 vaccine may not prevent people from getting infected with coronavirus or spreading it to others, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday.

He also said a vaccine would not mean Americans no longer need to follow public health guidelines to thwart transmission of the virus.

“We have the same issue with influenza,” Fauci said. “You can get vaccinated with influenza and you won’t get sick, but it won’t necessarily prevent you from getting infected – although you won’t know you’re infected because you’ll either get mild or no symptoms.

...You’re not going to be completely protected against a degree of infection that you might not even notice that you might be able to spread to others. Which is the reason why the message you may have heard me say over the last couple weeks in the media is that getting vaccinated with a highly efficacious vaccine does not mean that you’re going to abandon completely public health measures.”

Fauci made the comments during a discussion with an organization called The Hastings Center, which is a bioethics research center.

And this is for these vaccines that claim 95% efficacy, unlike the lowly flu vaccines which are only around 70%.

We’re screwed forever if we bow down to this. The Great Reset may as well be an iron collar and a set of leg shackles. Your new name is Toby. You are not Kunta Kinte. Submit and obey.


Submit And Obey™, Part 2

CDC: Americans should not travel for Thanksgiving

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on Thursday about Thanksgiving, asking Americans not to travel for the holiday.

“More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days,” the CDC wrote in a statement. “As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.”

The statement urges people who are thinking of traveling to consider numerous factors, including the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in their own communities or their destinations, whether hospitals in those areas are overwhelmed, whether those areas have restrictions in place, whether they will be able to stay six feet apart from other people in mass transit situations, and other factors.

For people who will travel anyway, the CDC encourages people to wear masks, maintain social distancing, use hand sanitizer, get a flu vaccine, check travel restrictions, and take other precautions.

The CDC also states that people who host gatherings should hold small events outdoors, and that attendees should bring their own dishes and food. The organization also encouraged virtual connections with loved ones instead of physical meetings.

##### similar thing. Advice for the fearful: #####

On a related note, eager slavers post tips on how to have a Zoom Thanksgiving, along with recipes for just one or two people. Panic driven submissives.


Our household has accepted the fact the holidays this year will be weird. My parents from Seattle won’t be flying in, that’s for certain. And the idea of a large group Thanksgiving with local family—even as careful as we all are—likely is a no-go.

I’m not the only one who’s uttered the words “Zoom Thanksgiving” in recent weeks, a phrase that would’ve sounded preposterous a year ago. But here we are. At first, the notion of a Zoom Thanksgiving wasn’t particularly enticing. Who would want to squint at a laptop trying to talk to grandma? But technology is amazing, and I’ve been thinking of ways to make a virtual gathering feel a bit more real.

This is my solution. I’m pleased to report I’ve done a practice run with family, and it works like a charm.
Step 1A

Let’s assume you have an out-of-town family. To make the actual dinner more cohesive, consider having everyone cook the same recipes. One week before, email the recipes game plan to everyone participating. Stick with the essentials, no more than four dishes—a main, two sides, plus a dessert. Our test cooks recommend this winning setlist:

Roast Whole Turkey Breast with Gravy
Garlic-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Skillet-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mustard and Brown Sugar
Crème Brûlée for Two

This is pathetic.

On a related note, the Rt for nearly the entire country is about the same, other than in the Dakotas where it’s just above 1, and in Mississippi where it remains well under 1. Everywhere else is between 1.05 and 1.3. Which means ( to paraphrase Buckaroo Banzai ) no matter where you go, there you are. And so is the ‘rona.


Geez, any good news out there?  Ok ... ah, here’s one about “long hauler” Covid patients. 1 in 5 will freak out after getting ill, 1 in 10 continue to have no energy, a hard time breathing, and chronic pains for a long time after.
Mmm, pumpkin spice cheesecake

I never do anything “pumpkin spice”. Ever. Yeah, I know, it’s the new Fall tradition. But most of it is crap. I found a recipe today that might be worth a try. It’s for a pumpkin flavored cheesecake that also has a bit of spice in the graham cracker base crust. It’s made in a water bath.

I think I might give a small one a try; a 7: springform pan is exactly 3/5 the volume of a standard 9” pan, so reduce the recipe proportionately. Using 2/3 will work too, which often makes converting easy: 1 tablespoon becomes 2 teaspoons. Use the 9” recipe for a 10” pan; it just won’t be as high and will cook a bit faster.

The recipe is at Cook’s Illustrated, which is a membership place, so this link may not work. So here:


You grease the pan, mash down the base crust, then dry bake it about 12-15 minutes until it starts to brown a bit. Let that cool, then add your filling.

I suppose you could just substitute pre-made pumpkin pie spice for the spice mix, but I won’t because I have a billion jars of spices around here.

This recipe calls for heavy cream. You could use sour cream instead, or a mix of both, although that sourness might change the flavor a little. Sour cream works great with lemon zest cheesecakes. Buy the Breakstone’s or the Daisy brand. And Philadelphia cream cheese. That’s the good stuff.

A smaller cheesecake will cook faster, so if you make one, start using a thermometer after about 45 minutes. You want 150°F in the middle. Once cooked, leave it in the water bath in the oven for at least 45 minutes with the door held open a bit with a wooden spoon, then onto a cooling rack for an hour or two. When cool, cover and pop it in the fridge overnight.

And duh, get the long roll of tinfoil to wrap the pan in before it goes in the water. Let the foil come up at least 2” higher than the top of the pan, to keep any splashes out. I usually Pam the pan inside, and then put a disk of parchment paper down. That makes it easy to get the cake off the bottom plate, so you won’t scratch it up when you slice it.

Little cheesecakes are a nice answer to holiday events when everyone is nearly full by the time desert gets served, and they all go “Oh, I only want a tiny sliver”, and even with a dozen people there you still wind up with more than half a cheesecake left over.

rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy

November 19, 2020

Test Pie


Just to get back in the pie making mode, nice and early before the big T Day, I tried a honey-crunch pecan pie today. I used a frozen pie crust and pecans left over from last year, but it still came out acceptable. Added a nice splash of bourbon to the filling.

Eventually it will cool off and we can taste it, but it sure smells good. This recipe uses 4 eggs, which is a lot, and then it gets a honey glazed pile of nuts dumped on top halfway through baking. So it’s kind of a two layer pie.

If the taste and mouthfeel are what we want, I can make a nicer one with fresher nuts and a homemade crust. Pie crusts aren’t too hard but they do take a bit of effort.

UPDATE: My official taster gives it 2 thumbs up, but notes that it would be even better with fresher, name brand nuts. So time to get a couple bags of fresh Diamond brand pecans, chopped and whole. And maybe a home-made crust.


DeBlasio Gives NYC The Bird For Christmas


Shabby Christmas tree for Rockefeller Center cut down in Oneonta NY had a surprise package inside; a saw-whet owl.

The tale of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree owl was spun as a heartwarming story more fit for Disney than NBC, but the little bird’s terrifying trip was a dangerous error that should never have happened, experts told The Post.

The adorable owl — nicknamed Rockefeller — was lucky to survive after having its home cut down and then getting wrapped up in plastic for a bumpy 200-mile truck journey to Manhattan.

The brown and white speckled saw-whet — which was found clinging to a branch Saturday as the tree was unwrapped — was not removed from the tree before it was cut down even though Rockefeller Center officials claimed they “meticulously” inspected every branch.

It was forced to survive three days without food and water as it lay sealed up in a cocoon of plastic wrap and wire.

The bird is currently in the care of Ellen Kalish at Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, who didn’t return a request for comment. Staff plans to set him free there instead of returning him to where he was found, which isn’t the same move Runyan would’ve made.

Saugerties is 60 miles SE of Oneonta, on the other side of the Catskills. Hope the little birdo can find his way back. Hope they at least gave him a couple mice to nibble on.


An idea for election reform

We live in a radical age, so here’s a radical idea

I’ve written many times over the years in favor of election reform. Starting with rebuilding an accurate voter base: every citizen would have to re-register every 3 years, in person as much as possible, with multiple proofs of citizenship in hand, and subject to mutliple cross referencing with many government databases. I still believe in that idea, but now I’d extend it so that federal law would require every branch of the federal, state, and local governments to cooperative fully and immediately with the process. And while we’re at it, the larger corporations would have to cooperate as well. Because without a doubt Visa, Discover Card, Comcast, Verizon, State Farm, etc, not to mention the NSA, all know if you are active with them and where you live. Get the lead out, and get the dead out, and validate every single citizen at one primary address. It would be a big effort, but the computational power already exists.

Now I’ll push another idea. Absolute equality of all people. At the county level. With a moritorium law in effect for 100 years, no state can create new counties or change the borders of existing counties, but contiguous border counties can join other states if an overwhelming (75%?) number of voters want that. This lets the Greater Idaho and the New California movements move forward if they have the impetus. Furthermore, after allowing a 3 year statehood border adjustment period, there are no new states for 100 years. Washington DC becomes a virtual capital, with no people living there. Only the federal owned properties are the physical capital, and the people who live in the city are electorally associated with the states they are actually in. The rest of the daily running of DC is left to the process outlined in the Constitution. DC does not get any special electoral votes, nor does it get it’s own Congressmen or Senators, and it NEVER becomes a state. NEVER.

The really big part of this new County Equality idea is that each county in a state gets one vote towards a presidential election in their state. Population does not matter. If a state has 57 counties, then a state goes for Candidate Z if at least 28 counties vote a majority for that candidate. And each state is entirely equal to every other state in the Electoral College. They’d get 1 or 2 votes each. Regardless of land area, regardless of population. Perfect equality of all states. So no special electors needed, just have their Senators cast the votes as the citizen’s votes specified.

Given the “new normal” where cities are dying because of lockdowns, huge swaths of the office-centric working population now permanently working from home, etc, and the absolute stranglehold that a few large cities have not just on their own states but on the nation itself, I think this idea could work.

Yeah, it would be one helluva battle. And it would destroy the influence of major cities forever. And a Democrat would never be elected anywhere ever again, outside of their own limited urban enclave. See, win-win.


I was going to start this day’s posts with a fun bit of childish awareness: It’s good to be a grown up. I had peanut butter cookies and chocolate ice cream for breakfast, and nobody told me NO.

But just after I sat down at the keyboard to write this, Dizzy cat had another seizure. Flopping around on the floor, her little body thrashing, spittle flying. So it was instant Emergency Mode, and I scooped her up and held her close and tried to calm her down until it passed. I cradle her whenever she has an attack and don’t care if I get scratched up a bit or drooled on. No clawing today though. Then I had to pry open her mouth and get a half pill of phenobarbital down her throat, and wipe her face. This fit only lasted about 30 seconds, so it wasn’t a really bad one. And then I put out some extra food and water for her, as she’s always hungry after one of these attacks. Poor kitteh. She’s OK now, and this is the first seizure she’s had in 8 days. I’ve got a bottle of Keppra (levetiracetam) from the vet, but we haven’t used it yet. Once she goes on that she has to stay on it for months, 3 squirts a day; but at only 0.6cc per dose the 500cc bottle will last a long time.The side effects aren’t extreme, although with this skinny cat I’m concerned about loss of appetite.

Ok, emergency over. Check on her under the bed where she sleeps all day. Good. She’s Sphinking out. Back to blogging. ( one sphink, two sphinx. Dizzy spends hours sitting like that, half grogged out, half blinking blindly at the word. Sometimes asleep. Veg cat. The other one curls up on a sofa and sleeps all day.)



Now even rocks are racist.

U of WI: Famous boulder on campus is now raycis, so remove it

rolleyes rolleyes

The University of Wisconsin-Madison plans to remove a large rock from campus after students complained that it is a symbol of racism because it was referred to in a local newspaper in 1925 using a word regarded as a racial slur.

UW-Madison is moving forward on a plan to remove a boulder from Observatory Hill after calls from students of color who see the rock as a painful reminder of the history of racism on campus.

The 70-ton boulder is officially known as Chamberlin Rock in honor of Thomas Crowder Chamberlin, a geologist and former university president. But the rock was referred to at least once after it was dug out of the hill as a “n***erhead,” a commonly used expression in the 1920s to describe any large dark rock.

The Wisconsin Black Student Union called for the rock’s removal over the summer. President Nalah McWhorter said the rock is a symbol of the daily injustices that students of color face on a predominantly white campus.

McWhorter also faulted the Wisconsin State Journal for printing the vulgarity in a 1925 news article.
According to the State Journal, the 1925 news article is the only known instance of the offensive term being used.

The university’s campus planning committee voted unanimously to remove the rock, though it does not have another place to put it. Removal will also be complicated by the fact that the rock’s current site is near a Native American effigy mound.

So nearly 100 years ago some newspaper - not part of the campus at all - used a common term of the era for describing something round on top. And because of that, the terrible horrible stain of racism is indubitably associated with this simple memorial forever. Especially since not a single student on campus was aware of this horrible crime last week, nor had any student in the last 100 years known or cared.

What a bunch of triggered twatheads. Instead of this they should be celebrating the progress inherent: somebody had to have found this ancient reference to make people aware of it, and perhaps explain how this term was once somewhat widely used, but no longer is.

And they don’t even realize that by “canceling” this stone they are blacklisting it. Which they’d think was a racist term if they had the ability to think.

PS - don’t ever let a U of WI alum go near a marsh. Those big hemispherical grass plants - tussocks - along the verge have been called niggerheads since forever. There’s a kind of paving stone that carries the same name too. Oh noes, systemic racism is everywhere!!!



Times op-ed: Trump was right about not closing schools, Dems were wrong

“Some things are true even though President Trump says them,” Times opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote

An op-ed from The New York Times offered a stunning admission Wednesday about President Trump’s strong stance on keeping schools open during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hours after it was announced that New York City schools would be shutting down amid nationwide spikes in coronavirus cases, Times opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a piece titled, “When Trump Was Right and Many Democrats Wrong.”

“Some things are true even though President Trump says them,” Kristof began. “Trump has been demanding for months that schools reopen, and on that he seems to have been largely right. Schools, especially elementary schools, do not appear to have been major sources of coronavirus transmission, and remote learning is proving to be a catastrophe for many low-income children.”

“Yet America is shutting schools — New York City announced Wednesday that it was closing schools in the nation’s largest school district — even as it allows businesses like restaurants and bars to operate. What are our priorities?” Kristof asked, later insisting shutting down schools “should be the last resort.”

Sometimes I think a bit of public flogging would be a good thing. Just a dozen lashes for being such a Cnut.


On again, off again. But hey, the power of right wing media, common decency, and public outrage.

Wayne County MI uncertifies vote, fighting back after previously caving to obscene charges of racism and threats of violence

Good. Flush the whole district. Cheating was extreme, so don’t accept a single vote. Too bad, you all lose.

The two Republicans on Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers claimed in signed affidavits Wednesday that they were bullied into siding with Democrats and have now rescinded their votes to certify.

The two Republicans—Monica Palmer and William C. Hartmann—were involved in a brief deadlock in the county’s election certification process Tuesday before initially voting to certify.

Wayne County, which includes Detroit, is Michigan’s most populous county, with more than 1.7 million residents.

Both Republicans say they were called racists and subjected to threats for raising concerns about ballots that Democrats said were from predominately Black communities

Votes don’t have color. And laws apply to everyone. I’m beyond sick of the motif that laws don’t apply to blacks. Fuck that.

And this is a cowardly news article, tiptoeing around the truth. There is no “claimed”. We’ve seen the video. The unhinged rabid mob came after them, threatening them and their children, and heaping unjust piles of vile abuse upon them.

Worse, once they fearfully capitulated, the whole Right also rose up against them for their “cowardice” ... but where was the big Right when this was going on? Pretty sure I didn’t see one vid clip of any prominent voices immediately castigating those who verbally abused them. Why not, as our world is so instantaneous these days>

Point is, the area cheated the vote. I think I heard that there was a 73% discrepancy, which means that for every 4 ballots sent out they got back 7. Blatant. But too common, and largely ignored for many years, because raycis. Because of fear of being called a bad name. Seriously? Seriously. And this kind of thing is so common, so frequent, that many blacks live under the assumption that laws don’t apply to them, and that they are above reproach or criticism. Because black. Gee, thanks Obama.

Hartmann said in the affidavit that he observed about 71% of Detroit’s 134 Absent Voter Counting Boards “were left unbalanced and many unexplained.”

He said he voiced his concerns and said if the votes did not match, there should have been some kind of explanation. Powell said she spotted the same discrepancy.

“I voted not to certify, and I still believe this vote should not be certified. Until these questions are addressed, I remain opposed to certification of the Wayne County results,” Hartmann said in his affidavit, according to JustTheNews, which was first to report on their decision to rescind.

Palmer said in her affidavit that she faced “accusations of racism” and threats to her family.

I’m sure you’ve seen the rabid, unhinged vituperatives thrown at them by their own committee members and the threats made by the feral “public”. They were all over right wing media yesterday. A total disgrace, and another point in favor of public flogging.

Sure, every legal citizen has a right to vote. And for that vote to be counted. But when your area stuffs the ballot boxes and those votes can’t be filtered out, then tough shit. You lose. And the only fault lies with you, letting - allowing - partaking - in such a scheme. So fuck off.

And I hope all these raving leftists are instantly thrown off the certification committee, and that criminal charges are brought - and prosecuted - against the people shown on TV making threats against these two. 

It doesn’t matter a damn what color your neighborhood is. You follow the law. Want your vote to count? Then make sure your local elections are ultra super squeaky clean and absolutely aboveboard. The real issue here isn’t these two people on the committee standing up for the right thing, thus being “racist” because they happen to not be black. The real issue is that (TNB) your area cheated left and right, and has been caught at it. That’s nobody’s fault but yours. Own it, because you did it. Now STFU.

And I’m beyond exhausted of anything and everything having to do with any “PoC” immediately being labeled racist and cause for anger, cries for violence, etc. Hey stupids, you know what? Drop dead. Go burn down your own neighborhood in protest. Because nobody friggin cares anymore. You killed that happy pony, and beat the dead horse until not even the flies could find the smear on the pavement.


rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy

November 18, 2020

On the Michigan Wayne county GOP capitulation ... county which has now certified for Biden ... GOP committee member Monica Palmer had her children threatened by DNC committee member Jihad Johnny Abraham Aiyash ... and she caught it all on Zoom. Horry Clap.

Maybe even worse, they were called racists!! OH NOES !! Somebody called me a bad name, I have to immediately fold!!




[ old posts are now in the MORE area, “below the fold”:

[ sorry, snipping off old posts sometimes messes up the html. trying to stay on top of it ]

rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy

rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/25/2020 at 11:12 AM    avatar
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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2020

Gee, Oops

A total non-surprise. We saw this coming back in early March. The richer you were the earlier, faster, and further you ran. Problem is, it’s worse than anyone thought at the time.

NYC Ship Sinking, Rats Long Gone

New York City is home to 118 billionaires, more than any other American city. New York City is also home to nearly one million millionaires, more than any other city in the world. Among those millionaires some 8,865 are classified as “high net worth,” with more than $30 million each.

They pay the taxes. The top one percent of NYC taxpayers pay nearly 50 percent of all personal income taxes collected in New York. Personal income tax in the New York area accounts for 59 percent of all revenues. Property taxes add in more than a billion dollars a year in revenue, about half of that generated by office space.


The budget for a city as complex as New York is a mess of federal, state, and local funding sources. It can be sliced and diced many ways, but the one that matters is the starkest: the people and companies who pay for New York’s poor are leaving even as the city is already facing a $7.4 billion tax revenue hit from the initial effects of the coronavirus. The money is there; New York’s wealthiest individuals have increased their net worth by $44.9 billion during the pandemic. It’s just not here.


While overall only five percent of residents left as of May, in the city’s very wealthiest blocks residential population decreased by 40 percent or more. The higher-earning a neighborhood is, the more likely it is to have emptied out. Even the amount of trash collected in wealthy neighborhoods has dropped, a tell-tale sign no one is home. A real estate agent told me she estimates about a third of the apartments even in my mid-range 300 unit building are empty.


Fewer than one-tenth of Manhattan office workers came back to the workplace a month after New York gave businesses the green light to return to the buildings they ran from in March. Having had several months to notice what not paying Manhattan office rents might do for their bottom line, large companies are leaving.

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 10:52 PM    avatar
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The ‘Rona Song

Leave it Country music to be perfectly topical and metaphorical at the same time

When the dogwoods start to bloom
And the crickets hum their tune
That’s usually about the time
That I feel most alive

But the news has all been bad
And the whole world seems so sad
I ain’t had much else going on
So I sat down and wrote this song

I miss my mom, I miss my dad
I miss the road, I miss my band
Giving hugs and shaking hands
It’s a mystery I suppose
Just how long this thing goes
But there’ll be crowds and there’ll be shows
And there will be light after dark
Someday when we aren’t six feet apart

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 10:27 PM    avatar
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Follow Me !

One of the benefits of our universally computer driven modern world is package tracking. Mated with theoretically optimized routes and warehousing, we now can get our deliveries much faster than in decades past. For the impatient, most of the deliver services allow you track your boxes or letters step by step as they wend their way in your direction. [ OTOH, this also allows you to watch the Post Office send your stuff all over the country willy-nilly, leave it at distribution centers for days or weeks at a time, and sometimes take days to move something just 7 miles from one center to the next, and then take a full week to deliver it a whole 42 miles away. Sorry, my pet peeve, after recently pulling my hair out when a letter took more than a month to get delivered. Just wait until the whole country tries to vote by mail this November. Guaranteed disaster. ]

Now UPS has brought out “Follow Me”, a real time, self-updating, GPS driven mapping application, that let’s you see the big brown truck driving all over with your package in it. Not sure if this is going to help or hurt, because most people won’t realize that there are 300 other boxes in that truck, and yours is almost guaranteed to be last in line. It was already a bit frustrating just following the data, watching my box go from Florida to Edison NJ in hardly over a day, but then on to Allentown PA, right past my home, and then have to go on to another truck to come back to NJ days later and to get delivered ... later today?  Maybe. “Out for delivery” for 3 days? Oy vey.

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eye candy, high plains edition


I thought I posted this the other day, but it seems to have evaporated. Whatevs.

Anyway, this is actress Kelsey Asbille Chow. She had a small but regular role in the One Tree Hill drama a few years back, and was in the 2017 film Wind River. Currently she has a supporting role on Paramount’s cowboy drama / Kevin Costner vehicle Yellowstone.

We watch Yellowstone, it’s great, and it’s interesting to see her character developing from a whiny liberal into someone more normal. That’s going to be long journey. She is super attractive though. 

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calendar   Monday - August 17, 2020

Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it


Funny, I kind of thought it was the President’s job to keep people aware of new possibilities and to give them even temporary hope. But the Left may be right on this one. Like the blind squirrel ...

Most Americans have been praying for a cure to the Chinese Communist Party virus. Such a prospect turns out to be horrifying, however, if you are a Deep State bureaucrat, someone invested in open-ended and lucrative research into unpromising medicines or vaccines and/or a political opponent of President Trump.

Hence the vehemently hostile response of a leftist publication called Axios to information about Oleandrin, a natural supplement that has proven in clinical experiments and limited human trials in Texas to crush the CCP virus. Rather than celebrate this development and call for an urgent effort to validate such findings with widespread, life-saving trials, Axios touted the uninformed criticisms of naysayers determined to snuff further work on this apparent breakthrough.

To the alarm of some government health officials, President Trump has expressed enthusiasm for the Food and Drug Administration to permit an extract from the oleander plant to be marketed as a dietary supplement or, alternatively, approved as a drug to cure COVID-19, despite lack of proof that it works.

Driving the news: The experimental botanical extract, oleandrin, was promoted to Trump during an Oval Office meeting in July. It’s embraced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, a big Trump backer, who recently took a financial stake in the company that develops the product.

OMG, if Mike Lindell is behind it, you know it’s deathly anathema.

Oleandrin is an extract from the oleander plant. Researchers have suggested that it could be useful to treat cancer because of the way it affects cells, and that it could enhance the effects of other cancer therapies.

Professor Sharon Lewin, the director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne, is an international authority on antiviral drugs and has a laboratory working on COVID-19.
Asked about oleandrin’s potential efficacy as a COVID-19 treatment, Lewin told Axios, “Oleandrin looks to have antiviral activity at high doses in a test tube model. You’d certainly want to see more work done on this before even contemplating a human trial.”

A July 2020 study from the University of Texas at Galveston shows, in a laboratory setting, that oleandrin can inhibit the coronavirus in monkey kidney cells. This study has not been peer reviewed and one of the authors of the study, Robert Newman, is chairman of Phoenix Biotechnology’s scientific advisory board — the company developing the oleandrin product.

The bottom line: Scientists around the world are in a race for cures, treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Government regulators are investigating hundreds of products. When a biotech executive like Whitney can take his case directly to the president, it casts doubt over the scientific rigor of the drug development process.

From the research study:

Using Vero cells, we found that prophylactic oleandrin administration at concentrations down to 0.05 μg/ml exhibited potent antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2, with an 800 fold reduction in virus production, and a 0.1 μg/ml dose resulted in a greater than 3,000-fold reduction in infectious virus production. The EC50values were 11.98ng/ml when virus output was measured at 24 hours post-infection, and 7.07ng/ml measured at 48 hours post-infection. Therapeutic (post-infection) treatment up to 24 hours after infection of Vero cells also reduced viral titers, with the 0.1 μg/ml dose causing greater than 100-foldreductions as measured at 48 hours, and the 0.05 μg/ml dose resulting in a 3578-fold reduction.The potent prophylactic and therapeutic antiviral activities demonstrated here strongly support the further development of oleandrin to reduce the severity of COVID-19 and potentially also to reduce spread by persons diagnosed early after infection.

In years past the FDA has been dinged for major slow walking and foot dragging when it comes to testing and approving new medicines. Many drugs are available to the rest of the world that are not yet available to us. With this pandemic that slowness has become an issue, but I don’t think the best idea is to throw caution to the wind and let anything fly. That way leads to snake oil. There has to be some level of significant proper, fair, testing.

OTOH, the Axios article does mention how this could easily be marketed as an herbal supplement, which could NOT focus on any curative ability. To which there’s an easy work around; “We’re NOT ALLOWED to mention that this cures Covid, and thus cannot recommend a dose of 2 pills a day for 2 weeks. This product is for dietary supplemental use only, and we bear no responsibility for it’s use in any other manner.” kind of advertising.

OTTH, shouldn’t President Trump know by now when to keep his fat mouth shut?

Oleandir is poisonous !!! !! !

Consumption of even one Nerium oleander leaf can be fatal. Onset of toxicity occurs several hours following consumption. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal pain, cyanosis, hypotension, hypothermia, vertigo, respiratory paralysis and death.

However, a carefully controlled tea made from the flowers could be an effective cancer and AIDS treatment. But more trials are needed!!

A hot water extract of the plant, known as Anvirzel™, has been developed as a potential treatment for cancer, AIDS, and congestive heart failure. It consists of a mixture of oleandrin and the glycone oleandrigenin. Experiments suggest that a combination of Anvirzel and cisplatin may be more effective than cisplatin monotherapy . In an earlier study, Anvirzel appeared safe in humans when injected intramuscularly, although adverse effects such as injection site pain, fatigue, and other GI symptoms were reported.

Anvirzel™ is not an approved cancer treatment in the United States. Until more data regarding its efficacy and toxicity are available, this product should not be used outside of clinical trials.

Anvirzel may be a modern version of a medicinal extract of oleander that goes back to the dawn of history.

Historical records prove that Oleander plant has healing powers; thus it was highly regarded by the Mesopotamians in the 15th century B.C. During the age of the Babylonians up to the Romans it was used as a relieved for hangovers. To the Arabs it has better worth since the plant was used for cancer medication in the 8th century A.D.

OTOH, the Romans also used it to commit suicide.

I looked up the entry at Wiki ... and I think I’ll pass on this one. There may be too much risk in a cure made from just a little bit of deadly poison.

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The Death Of NYC?

This is what happens when you elect a communist as mayor. One who encourages rioting and lawlessness. Riots after weeks of extended lockdown. Retail is dying. Populations are fleeing. Violence is everywhere, at unprecedented levels. It’s anarchy and depression.

Beirut DeBlasio


De Blasio’s New York has finally hit an all-time low: the once bustling city is now on the verge of looking like a demilitarized zone. Between the pandemic and the riots in the city, iconic 5th Avenue now looks more like a dystopian nightmare in a recently shot video posted to Twitter.

The video follows a car driving down a deserted 5th Avenue, with almost all of the area’s high end stores boarded up and shut down. There are few people seen on what is usually a busy street.

“Look at everything. Everything’s boarded up. Even the hotel. Boarded up,” the video’s narrator, who is obviously fed up with how the city looks, says.

He continues: “This is all Manhattan, boarded up. Have you ever seen Manhattan look like this? The media will not report this.”

“Everything boarded up. They don’t want to show this to you people because they’re afraid. Saks 5th Avenue - boarded up from end to end. They put up barbed wire. Everywhere you see boards, windows are gone. Look at New York City - what happened,” he says.

The video runs over 2 minutes and shows dozens of boarded up businesses.

Check the video. Manhattan is boarded up. Block after block of high-end retail closed down and barricaded.

This isn’t exactly new. Similar video from more than a month ago.

No, it’s not a war zone — it’s Manhattan.

Video shows once-bustling Big Apple streets nearly deserted and dotted with boarded-up, spray-painted and bashed-in buildings after days of looting.

The footage taken Tuesday and Wednesday in Midtown and Soho shows the windows of popular stores shattered while others — such as Burberry, Sephora and Sunglasses Hut — are covered in plywood to protect against looters.


Only a handful of masked pedestrians and police officers are seen walking on eerily empty sidewalks. Some plywood panels put up by shops were tagged with graffiti reading, “Justice for George Floyd” — the black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground for nearly nine minutes.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Big Apple retailers have been closed for months prior to protests over Floyd’s death.

These riots happened at the end of May ...

Sidewalks across the SoHo neighborhood, Union Square and Fifth Avenue were covered in broken glass. Multiple police cars had been burnt to nothing but ashes. Stores, including a Duane Reade, Urban Outfitters and Swatch, were looted. Banks were ravaged. An Equinox gym had been broken in to. Graffiti covered retailers’ logos up and down some of the glitziest shopping districts, which normally would be hosting a hotbed of tourist activity this time of year.

The New York Police Department has since said it arrested almost 350 people Saturday evening, following protests across parts of Harlem, Brooklyn and Staten Island. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a press conference held Sunday that more than 30 officers suffered minor injuries due to clashes with demonstrators.

It’s now the middle of August. More than 11 weeks later. And these businesses are still closed, still boarded up. Whatever stock that wasn’t looted has been sold online.

Do you really think these storefronts are coming back? Even if the beneficent dictator of NYC allows them to open, with 25% customer capacity and ridiculously paranoid levels of isolation and plexiglass protection inside the stores? Somehow, I kind of doubt it.

Greatest city in the world, killed by policy in half a year. This was not an accident.

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2020 at 09:11 AM    avatar
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Very Funny Officer

So I got another ticket yesterday. Me and my red car manage to get pulled over a couple times a year. Yes, I’m an inveterate speeder, but I do it properly. I don’t tailgate, I don’t cut people off, I use my turn signals, I almost pass anyone on the right, and of course my car is in perfect working order and my papers are current. And I don’t go flying around corners on two wheels, or anything close to reckless driving. I’m just an impatient driver, like everyone else in the state.

In NJ, everyone speeds. Everyone. Nearly everywhere. The only place we make up for it is in those 25mph zones near schools, parks, and downtown. People generally do about 17 in those.

NJ has a scheme in place on the highways. They “let” you drive 65mph, but fines are doubled. Should there be a traffic cone by the side of the road, or a permanent sign saying that bit of highway is also a construction zone, fines are doubled again. So getting a speeding ticket on the highway can be a darn costly experience.

Generally, highway traffic moves at 75mph in good conditions, even in the slow lane, but on the weekends it flies. 85 is typical, 95 is not unheard of, with cars maybe two lengths apart traveling in packs.

And NJ keeps points for 5 years, with a big long list of how many points for whichever of the 65 or so moving violations they have. Get more than 6 in a 3 year period, and get an extra fine to pay. There are a fair number of 0 point offenses, but they are not on the list. Good luck trying to find them, although we all know that the seatbelt one and the red light camera one are no-pointers.

How many points are on your license? Like many other states, you have to pay the DMV to find this out. Gosh, wouldn’t you think that this would be part of their regular job? Available online for free, given that this is a microscopic database inquiry? Heck no.

But there’s a game involved. There are a good number of offenses that don’t have points. Just a fine. So most cops short circuit the plea bargaining process, and give you a break and just write you up for some 0 point offense. It puts donut money in their coffers, nobody wastes time going to court, an you just go online and pay the fine with your credit card.

So I got pulled over for doing 85 in a 65 zone on a demarcated highway. I wasn’t racing, or playing artful dodger, or zooming down the road alone. I was just cruising along with traffic. The Statey did his job in about 2 minutes and I was back on my way.

He wrote me up for the 0 point offense of Delaying Traffic.

Haha, very funny.

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calendar   Saturday - August 15, 2020

Rhubarb !!!

She came home from work with an armload of rhubarb that a coworker had brought in from their garden.

I haven’t had rhubarb in ... probably 45 years. Pretty sure my parents used to grow it in the vegetable garden, but that’s loooong ago in the past.

So we’re making strawberry rhubarb pie, and, since we have so much of the stuff, we’re making a strawberry rhubarb crumble as well. Both are a great excuse to get hold of some good vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb has an unusual taste, but it’s one that I’ve always loved. Can’t wait to get to baking things up and trying them out. Might even have enough to send her to work Monday with another crumble.


Oh goody, and I guess I’d better go look outside. Amazon says my copy of Law of Nations and John Locke’s Two Treaties of Government were delivered today. Along with my new Solo 2L hand sprayer, as the old one died after a decade of use.

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Fauci Gets One Right

Fauci: Voting In Person OK If Social Distancing Done

Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser for the White House coronavirus task force, said this week that there is “no reason” Americans are not able to vote in person for the 2020 presidential election in November.

Fauci emphasized that voting in person would not need to be avoided as long as voters followed CDC guidelines and maintained social distancing.

“I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that not be the case,” Fauci told ABC News. “If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing, and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why shouldn’t be able to do that.”

Fauci noted, however, that those who are at high-risk if exposed to coronavirus or have a compromised immune system should stay indoors and use mail-in voting.

OK, 99% right. I think most absentee ballots should be dropped off well ahead of time at the polling centers, logged in, and signed for ... once proper ID and voter registration is checked. The USPS is highly leftist, so I would not trust them too much. 

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calendar   Friday - August 14, 2020

toldja so

As reliable as the coming dawn, the willfully stupid and the left biased media and “the experts” have once again yelled real loud to subvert the proper understanding of the law. And that noise will do the job.

I said it yesterday: This application of the Constitution will be ignored and denied by the media and everyone else. Because “birthers”. People are so terrified of being called a name that they are willing to ignore the law, the history of the law, and the true meaning and intent of the law. That’s beyond sad. It’s beyond cowardly. It’s apathetic, pathetic, and bathetic.

And here it is.

Trump slammed for not rejecting conspiracy theory Kamala Harris is ineligible for vice presidency
Biden campaign calls Trump comments ‘abhorrent’

That’s right; it’s a conspiracy theory. And he’s abhorrent. Because he referred to a statement made by somebody about the natural born issue, and then said he didn’t know if that was correct or not. So slam him for even implying that this could be a problem.

And then the lies come out by the bucketful. And the overwhelming noise of indignation and implicit raycis drown out the truth, once again. We are totally fucking doomed.

President Trump would not reject a conspiracy theory Thursday that Kamala Harris is ineligible to serve as vice president because her parents were born outside the United States.

Asked about the unfounded and widely refuted claims during a press briefing at the White House, Trump responded, “I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements” before adding, “I have no idea if that’s right.”

Harris is a United States citizen born in California in 1964, making her eligible to serve as president or vice president under the Constitution. [ Fox you are wrong ]

However, a professor of law at Chapman University, John C. Eastman, wrote a piece for Newsweek this week after she was named to the Democratic ticket questioning whether Harris is a “natural born citizen” because her mother was born in India and her father was born in Jamaica.

[ Editor’s note: Some readers reacted strongly to this essay, seeing it as an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory. ]
The fact that Senator Kamala Harris has just been named the vice presidential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has some questioning her eligibility for the position. The 12th Amendment provides that “no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.” And Article II of the Constitution specifies that “[n]o person except a natural born citizen...shall be eligible to the office of President.” Her father was (and is) a Jamaican national, her mother was from India, and neither was a naturalized U.S. citizen at the time of Harris’ birth in 1964. That, according to these commentators, makes her not a “natural born citizen"—and therefore ineligible for the office of the president and, hence, ineligible for the office of the vice president.

Newsweek also ran a counter essay by noted lawyer Eugene Volokh. IMO, as its typical for greasy lawyers, and all lawyers are greasy because the law is merely a tool to them, and not something held sacrosanct, Volokh makes his counter from the wrong direction. He’s throwing shade and puffing smoke, and emphasizing aspects that have no real bearing. Argument by non sequitur. 

Some people have argued that Kamala Harris is ineligible to be vice president of the United States. The Constitution requires presidents and vice presidents to be “natural-born citizens”; Harris was born in the U.S., but her parents (who had come to the U.S. to study) weren’t U.S. citizens at the time. Does “natural-born citizen” include Harris, and others like her?

It does. “Natural-born citizen” was a familiar legal phrase to the Framers—an adaptation of the English term “natural-born subject.” Sir William Blackstone, an English treatise writer who (in Justice Scalia’s words) was “the Framers’ accepted authority on English law and the English Constitution,” explained:

Natural-born subjects are such as are born within the dominions of the crown of England, that is, within the ligeance, or as it is generally called, the allegiance of the king. ...The children of aliens, born here in England, are, generally speaking, natural-born subjects, and entitled to all the privileges of such.

It’s possible that “natural-born citizen” has since been broadened to include children of U.S. citizens born overseas (a 1790 Act of Congress specified that, “The children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens").

He is wrong. It is not an adaptation of natural born subject, even though natural born citizen shares two of the three words with the other concept. Oh, and that 1790 Act was overturned in 1795, which he fails to mention. Even the best lawyer is a weasel dick. They argue for or against a topic. Searching for and declaring the actual truth has nothing to do with it.

What is a natural born citizen? It is someone born in this country whose parents are already citizens of this country. Period. Full stop. And that’s all there is to it.

I am a natural born citizen because I was born in this country and both my parents were born here as well, and their parents were citizens when they were born which thus made them natural born citizens. All my grandparents were born here too, although one of them might not have qualified as natural born because her parents came here from Germany, and I have no idea who things worked in the 1890s and I don’t know if they were naturalized citizens by the time granny popped out. But that was generations ago, so it isn’t germane.

It seems we go through this every presidential election cycle. I think what is needed is a SCOTUS decision. And that will never happen, because an honest decision, true to original intent would also torpedo the anchor baby concept that’s been around for 4 decades now. And probably squash the legality of dual citizenship too. And we do not have brave, honest, true Americans on the Supreme Court who are willing or able to make bold, proper decisions. Without the slightest doubt in my mind, this should be a 5 minute, 9-0 decision, made for clarification purposes alone - not delayed forever until some case with standing worms it’s way upwards.

I’m going to add this to my list of life truths:

•  Sulfur is properly spelled sulphur.

•   Eohippus is the Dawn Horse. No other taxonomy name is correct. There is no relation to the rock hyrax, so putting the original horse in the order Hyracotherium was a mistake.

•  The big long dinosaur was a brontosaurus

•  A shark is not a fish, dammit, it is an elasmobranch. Real fish have scales, gill pumps, and a swim bladder. Creating a new intermediate order called “bony fishes” to include both is cheating, especially if you don’t also include dolphins who, by that redefinition should also be fish. Fish who are mammals. No, this is wrong.

•  Ok, I now grudgingly nearly accept that Pluto is not an actual planet, “merely” a dwarf planet or planetoid, because somebody either moved the definition goalposts or because science has advanced enough to go there and find out how big the thing actually is. Pluto 1473 miles across, 2/3 the size of our moon. Mercury still counts as a planet. Mercury is 1516 miles across, a whopping big 43 miles larger. Oh puh-lease. So my grudgingly is very grudgingly. OTOH, given that Pluto has 5 moons, one moon called Chiron which is half the size of Pluto, perhaps it should be called a double planet or a multi-planet.

•  A natural born citizen is someone who is born within the desmenses of a country and both of whose parents are already citizens of that country.

I got so worked up about this yesterday I went out an bought a copy of Law of Nations, and while I was at the digital bookstore I got a copy of the writings of John Locke.

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/14/2020 at 10:43 AM    avatar
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calendar   Thursday - August 13, 2020

Of course she isn’t, but you’re uninformed and intellectually lazy so she’ll get away with it

Here we should be going again with the natural born citizen thing. And just like Obama, Kamala Harris does not qualify as such.  Not that most anyone else can understand the concept, or knows that it is very important to care about this and why. So should be going won’t even get off the ground. This will not even be brought up in passing, much less discussed, debated, and ruled on. It. Does. Not. Exist. Because ... raycis!!!

Les ancres ne sont pas les naturelles

( The anchors are not the naturals )

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

14th Amendment, Section 1, 1868

It is abundantly clear that “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” means exclusively subject to the jurisdiction thereof, which means not in any way beholden to the whims or powers of a foreign government. This was clearly understood by all until fairly recently.

Yes, she was born in the USA. Neither of her parents were citizens at the time. This makes her an anchor baby. According the the 14th Amendment, anchor babies are not citizens. This isn’t a “strict” reading of the amendment, it is a plain reading thereof. Original intent is easy to find in the Congressional Record of the day. The only “reason” that they are considered such these days is due to a single footnote in the 5-4 1982 SCOTUS decision Plyer v. Doe, added to the majority opinion by Justice Brennan:

“no plausible distinction with respect to Fourteenth Amendment ‘jurisdiction’ can be drawn between resident aliens whose entry into the United States was lawful, and resident aliens whose entry was unlawful.”

This weakening of the meaning of jurisdiction within the 14th - that it sees the term as meaning subject to the laws of this nation, and not solely subject to those laws (ie not being also subject to the laws of some other country, as is the legal situation of illegal immigrants) - was a part of the Plyer case, which dealt with Texas’s claim that school funding should not be granted to illegal immigrant children. And of course, Brennan’s footnote comment overlooks that such illegals have no right to be here at all.


Harris’ parents were a citizen of India and a citizen of Jamaica. While she herself was born in California, and shortly thereafter went to Canada, where she spent nearly all her formative years, she qualifies as a citizen by the anchor baby misconception. Being a citizen does not make you a natural born citizen.

The entire concept of natural born citizen comes from a French book called The Laws of Nations, which was written in 1758 and is the only book or exterior document referenced in the US Constitution. It was used extensively by the Framers, far more than the code of English Common Law, which they strongly felt did not apply to the USA, although they borrowed large parts of it ... as our own law.  Anyway, in The Laws of Nations it says:

“Les naturels, ou indigenes, sont ceux qui sont nes dans le pays, de parens citoyens”

A direct translation is “The natural, or indigenous, are those who are born in the country, of parents who are citizens”.

While there was an 1797 update to the english version of the book, which clarified that line to read “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.”

This is a rather strict definition. To be a natural born citizen, you need to be born here and both your parents need to be citizens when you are born. Not just born here, and not with just one parent a citizen, regardless of where you were born.

Later extensions to the concept allowed “here” to include territories of the country (eg Guam and Puerto Rico), areas controlled by the country (eg military bases), land considered part of the country that was in other countries (eg consulates and embassies), and things controlled by the government of the country (eg military aircraft and ships that happen to be outside the confines of the country at the moment of birth). This is how John McCain, born at a military base in another country, was deemed a valid candidate.

[ “naturels” is the masculine form of the word, “naturelles” is the feminine form. French is so sexist, but both words mean the same thing. ]

Merely being born to two citizen parents is insufficient. Merely being born within our country is insufficient. This is a precise and sharply focused concept, and about the only time it every applies is when someone is considering running for President or Vice President, although it should probably apply to any elected representative who could possibly be in the chain of succession.

This application of the Constitution will be ignored and denied by the media and everyone else. Because “birthers”. People are so terrified of being called a name that they are willing to ignore the law, the history of the law, and the true meaning and intent of the law. That’s beyond sad. It’s beyond cowardly. It’s apathetic, pathetic, and bathetic.

Read more if you want, in great detail with clear explanations of case law over the years, plus how we’ve now been lead astray, when and by whom:

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/13/2020 at 11:25 AM    avatar
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calendar   Wednesday - August 12, 2020

Walter White Moved To Holland?

Netherlands Cops Find Giant Crack Cocaine Lab In School


Dutch police have uncovered what they described as the biggest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands, leading to the arrest of 17 suspects from Colombia, Turkey and the Netherlands.

The drug lab was hidden at a former horse riding school in Nijeveen, some 75 miles from Amsterdam, police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police raided the riding school on Friday, discovering tens of thousands of liters of chemicals and 220 pounds of crack cocaine. Sleeping quarters and recreation areas were also found at the site.
The facility was equipped to produce up to 440 pounds of cocaine a day, officials said.

The facility was equipped to produce up to 440 pounds of cocaine a day, officials said. (Politie Landelijke Eenheid)

“This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever found in the Netherlands,” police chief Andre van Rijn said in the statement.

Van Rijn said the lab was equipped to produce 330-440 pounds (150-200 kilograms) of cocaine a day, with a street value of $5.3-9.4 million (4.5-8 million euros).

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:29 AM    avatar
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TLH? Typical Leftist Hypocrites

This sounds like it could be one of those urban legends.

How Dare You!!

An anonymous poster on Reddit’s “Am I the A--h---” subreddit said he started a meat-eating club at his job in response to a coworker’s vegan-only club.

He claimed that one of his colleagues started a vegan dinner club exclusively for their coworkers following a vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian diet. Other coworkers “will not be able to join the club,” the poster said the group’s “statement of purpose” read.

In response, the poster claimed that he and some other meat-eating coworkers started a burger and steak club to go out and try new restaurants each week. They only allowed meat-eaters to join. However, members of the vegan club filed a complaint with the company’s human resources department.

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:20 AM    avatar
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calendar   Tuesday - August 11, 2020

Biden Picks Kamala Harris For VP

I can’t. I just can’t.

Biden VP Choice: Kamala Harris

“She makes history as the first Black woman to serve as a major political party’s VP pick”

Oh how brave, how strong, how empowering. How false and hollow an accomplishment.

And Fox’s headline ... OMG ... “Biden taps Kamala Harris as running mate”. Heels up!

Kamala Harris, the politically shrewd California senator with a law enforcement background that has caused some tensions with the progressive left, was announced Tuesday as Joe Biden’s running mate.

She makes history as the first Black woman to serve as a major political party’s VP pick. The Biden campaign said Biden and Harris will deliver remarks together on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

“I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021,” Biden said in an email to supporters.

Biden also tweeted: “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.”

He added: “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

The Trump campaign also released a statement from Katrina Pierson, a Trump 2020 senior adviser, that said: “In her failed attempt at running for president, Kamala Harris gleefully embraced the left’s radical manifesto, calling for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of health care. She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.”

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of you. Politico made the call at the beginning of the month, and many others had figured out that from Biden’s limited field of choices, seeing how his search was utterly sexist and racist in demanding a black woman, this one was the least atrocious of a stupefyingly horrible bunch. 

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/11/2020 at 03:56 PM    avatar
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Feral Child Killers

The Little White Kid Next Door

A five-year-old boy is dead after a Wilson, North Carolina, man reportedly ran up to the child while he was playing in a neighborhood street and fatally shot the child in the head. According to a report from WRAL-TV, the shooting took place on Sunday.

Cannon Hinnant was playing outside his father’s house on the dusky summer evening when their neighbor — 25-year-old Darius N. Sessoms — charged Cannon, produced a handgun, and shot him in the head.

The child’s seven-year-old and eight-year-old siblings witnessed the murder.

First responders came to the scene and transported the little boy to Wilson Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Doris Labrant, a neighbor, said she witnessed Sessoms running up to Cannon, putting the gun to his head, and firing the weapon before fleeing the scene into his own home.
Authorities took Sessoms into custody on Monday night and charged him with first-degree murder.

“5 yr old Cannon Hinnant was executed in front of his sisters for accidentally riding a bike on his neighbors lawn,” producer and director Robby Starbuck posted. “There’s no pain our justice system can impose on his killer Darius Sessoms that‘ll equate to justice. CNN & MSNBC haven’t even covered it.”

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/11/2020 at 01:45 PM    avatar
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